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Staying cool while enjoying summer’s rays can be a challenge – especially if you don’t have access to a pool. These tips will help you stay hydrated and feeling refreshed.

 

Eat foods that are cool and light.

Fruits like strawberries, apples, pears and plums are great snacks that will help keep you refreshed and hydrated.

 

Go traditional.

Ancient Chinese medicine identifies vegetables like summer squash, cauliflower, corn and broccoli as traditional cooling foods.

 

Minty-fresh water.

Add a burst of cool flavor to your favorite beverages, or summer salads, by adding peppermint leaves.

 

Drink up and drink water.

Don’t forget to replace fluids frequently during activity in the sun. Your best source of fluid is good ol’ water. Be sure to drink plenty before, during and after any type of activity, especially in the heat.

 

Hydrate with food too.

Did you know that fruits and vegetables are great sources of fluid? Drinking water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated this summer.

 

Cool off with this herb.

Add the fresh taste of cilantro to your next salad. It’s not only refreshing, but a good source of Vitamin A, C and K.

 

Freeze those snacks!

Frozen grapes or blueberries are a fantastic summertime treat. These fruits are full of nutrients and will beat the heat when enjoyed icy.

 

by Jackie Sharp, MS, RDN, LD, ACSM-HFS
Wellness Director, SodexoMAGIC, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
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